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Stanford car hire information

Pick-up locationStanford
Car types
Hire locations3
Airport locations0

Cheap car hire in Stanford

Mini
Economy
Compact
Intermediate
Standard
Full-size
Luxury
People carrier
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SUV
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Pick-up truck

KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Stanford

  • Securing car rentals in Stanford is an ideal way to see the small city that is essentially the campus of Stanford University. You can get around according to your own schedule, and you also have the freedom to travel around one of the most interesting parts of the country. Located near the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, Stanford is within easy driving distance of San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento. In Stanford car rentals, you can even take a scenic drive down the Pacific coast along US Highway 1.
  • Because it is located just a 45-minute drive to the north of Stanford, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) makes an ideal location for securing Stanford car rentals. At SFO, you can conveniently pick up and then drop off your Stanford car rentals at the airport’s Rental Car Center. To access this consolidated facility, you can take the AirTrain Blue Line, SFO’s people mover system that operates 24/7, stopping frequently at every terminal on its way to the Rental Car Center.
  • Peak traffic times in Stanford, specifically on the Stanford campus, are between 88 am and 9 am, and then from 5 pm to 6 pm. Traffic tends to be particularly congested around Junipero Sierra Boulevard and Stanford Avenue, so those driving car rentals in Stanford should exercise caution and drive defensively if you use these roads. Also, the community of Stanford has a daytime population that is approximately double its nighttime population. So, driving around Stanford and parking becomes much easier and much less congested after 5 pm.
  • One of the biggest problems drivers of car rentals in Stanford will face is dealing with university event traffic. The start of a semester, graduation, Parents Weekend, and Homecoming are all portents of congested traffic that you should work to avoid or circumvent. There will also be traffic on days of Stanford home football games as well as other campus events. You can look up online or call the Office of Special Events and Protocol at Stanford to find out if there will be upcoming event traffic. You can also access a Stanford event calendar online to help you plan your travel around congested events.
  • Book your car hire in Stanford at least 5 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact car hire in Stanford are around 30% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Stanford

  • How much is the price of fuel in Stanford?

    The average price of fuel in Stanford is R66,15 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R794 and R1 058, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Stanford?

    Compact (Chevrolet Bolt or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Stanford.

  • Which car hire agencies are at San Francisco airport (SFO)?

    The only car hire company onsite at San Francisco airport is Avis.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at San Francisco airport (SFO)?

    The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from San Francisco airport to off-airport locations is Avis.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Stanford?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Stanford?

    A Compact car hire in Stanford costs R899 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Stanford?

    An Intermediate car hire in Stanford costs R750 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in Stanford?

    A Full Size car hire in Stanford costs R2 086 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Stanford?

    For those driving car rentals in Stanford, the type of vehicle you choose will very much depend on why you are there. If you are there for business, you may want to rent a luxury sedan to arrive at your appointments in style. If you are visiting friends, you might want a larger car, such as an SUV, to make driving with large groups of people easy. If you will be visiting Stanford on a Stanford University event weekend, you may want to rent as small a car as possible, such as a compact or an economy car, to make negotiating traffic and snagging parking easier.

  • What's the speed limit in Stanford?

    In Stanford on the campus of Stanford University, the speed limit is 20 mph in Escondido Village. The speed limit is 10 mph in any parking lot, parking structure, or Pedestrian Zone. At Serra Mall and The Oval, the speed limit is 15 mph. All other streets on campus grounds have a speed limit of 25 mph. The speed limit of Interstate 280, which skirts Stanford, is 70 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Stanford?

    In the city of Stanford on the Stanford campus, parking meters are in effect Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4 pm., except for holidays observed by Stanford University. Permit parking in Visitor Pay Lots, Green Zones, Time Limit Zones, and areas with resident permits is in effect Monday through Friday from 6 am to 4 pm. A visitor permit costs around $4.50 an hour. Parking is free on campus after 4 pm and on weekends, and after 6 pm at The Oval. A parking meter in Stanford costs around $1.50 an hour.

Stanford car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

2,0

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

2.0

4 locations in Stanford

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Locations in Stanford

360 Oak Rd

+1 650 876 1866

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00
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360 Oak Road

+1 650 876 1866

Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday09:00 - 17:00
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625 El Camino Real

+1 650 617 0386

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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690 San Antonio Road

+1 650 493 0232

Monday07:30 - 11:3013:00 - 17:30
Tuesday13:00 - 17:3007:30 - 11:30
Wednesday13:00 - 17:3007:30 - 11:30
Thursday13:00 - 17:3007:30 - 11:30
Friday07:30 - 11:3013:00 - 17:30
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2,0 Poor

Nov 2021

KAYAK
Staff member provided a vehicle that was a size smaller than what the reservation indicated, then lied about it when asked. I was eventually allowed to switch vehicles.

2,0 Poor

May 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The rental cars office closes at 12pm. We booked a rental at 12pm, but no one told us we have to be there exactly on time or earlier. We got to the rental station a bit after 12. Everything was closed, we had to get a rental somewhere else for a ridiculous expensive last minute price. You should tell püeople that the rental car station in Los Altos closes at 12pm

6,8 Okay

Sep 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The price

Cons:

I spoke to Hertz at 8am and 1pm to confirm my reservation and let them know I would be picking the car up close to 5pm, and a guy called me at 3pm to tell me they do not have a car for me. I was irate. He was very easy going and basically said 'sorry, my hands are tied and there is nothing we can do.' I made this reservation a week in advance, and paid in advance to be sure I would have a car. This was unacceptable. I eventually was put in touch with the manager at this location and he found me a vehicle (mid size SUV, not full size) that I was able to pick-up at 5pm. Mani was helpful and he did find a vehicle, but this should not have happened. Mani said that he asked the 3rd party rep to shut-off reservations a week in advance because they were not going to have enough cars. They had 70 reservations and only 40 cars available. That's 30 people who had their days ruined due to the overbooking

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Daniel was awesome. I didn’t realize this location closed early. When he going out I was going to be late he waited for me. The entire team at this location is 5 stars. They also found a larger and better car for. Will definitely rent again. Thanks again for an exceptional service.

5,6 Fair

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

When I arrived to pick up the car, the attendant wasn't there. I had to wait 30 minutes and reschedule a client because that wait. And it's not the fault of the Hertz employee either - he had to get a car washed because apparently he's in charge of nearly literally every job - he's the only person working in that branch.

2,0 Poor

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

I had to rebook as Hertz wouldn't honor my reservation through Kayak. Now I'm trying to find out how to get a refund.

1 out of 17

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6,7

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

7.3

2 locations in Stanford

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Locations in Stanford

360 Oak Rd

+1 650 843 4990

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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814 San Antonio Rd

+1 650 843 4990

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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2,0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
ORDERED A 12 PASSENGER VAN FOR A GROUP OUTING, ORDERED CONFIRMED. AFTER SETTING EVERYTHING UP I GET A CALL THE NEXT DAY , SORRY WE DO NOT HAVE A VEHICLE FOR YOU, TAKE MY ORDER, CONFIRM MY ORDER, CANCEL MY ORDER "1 STAR"

9,6 Wonderful

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Not having to go to another store because the car they were suppose to have Waiting for me at their store Was not available

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick-up & drop-off were perfect! The site manager easily adjusted my pick-up time to match emerging changes in my travel plans.....and when one of our group developed a medical emergency which cancelled our trip outright, management re-did our One Way drop-off Weekly rate to become a 2 Day Local contract with no issues. The car was perfect and our travel would have been perfect as a result!

5,2 Fair

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

I requested a more fuel-efficient sedan, but they only had an SUV left for me.

6,0 Okay

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

From check-in, pick-up, and a personal drop off at our departure gate, the customer service was spectacular. I would definitely recommend this company.

Cons:

The rental car was a Jeep SUV and it was a horribly uncomfortable gas guzzler. I would definitely not recommend this car.

2,0 Poor

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

I don't have any problems with other enterprise but just this enterprise

Cons:

this enterprise just treat customer so cruel because they cancelled the customer reservation without any contact until we came to their office the 2 days before pick up day and they said our reservation been cancelled, with the reason that they called us (only 1 time without leaving any messages ) but we don't pick up phone. How about my email? Why don't they send us an email to confirmed? If this is the way enterprise serve customer then .... nothing to discuss. Thank you.

1 out of 3

Avis

6,5

One location in Stanford

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4230 El Camino Real

+1 650 493 8888

Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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8,4 Very Good

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

We arrived after the Business had closed down (5 to 10 minutes) and the manager reopened the business to facilitate our rental.

1 out of 1

Dollar

6,2

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Stanford

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816 San Antonio Road

+1 650 739 0370

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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Thrifty

6,1

Okay

No reviews available

One location in Stanford

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Locations in Stanford

816 San Antonio Road

+1 650 739 0370

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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No score available yet

One location in Stanford

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4230 El Camino Real

+1 650 424 0684

Monday07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday07:00 - 17:00
Thursday07:00 - 17:00
Friday07:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
All good

9,2 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Service and car were great

Cons:

initial pick up was difficult with the hertz counter being so far and there was a long lineup which made out wait longer

1 out of 1

122 travellers who hired a car in Stanford gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6,3

Car hire locations in or near Stanford

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Most popular car type

Compact

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